Jarrell fans 8 in Cape/Georgetown’s Jr Baseball title win

MILLSBORO — In Saturday night’s Junior League championship match-up against Smyrna/Clayton, starting pitcher Mike Jarrell wasn’t afraid to attack the strike zone early and often.

“I know in Little League there’s pitch counts, so I just had to keep my pitch count low and go right after them,” he said. “There are some tough kids on that team, so I knew I had to mix it up, but everything went well.”

Jarrell needed only 74 pitches to earn a two-hit shutout, striking out eight Smyrna/Clayton batters in Cape/Georgetown’s 13-0 championship victory.

“He had a two-hitter and had the shutout, so he did great,” said Cape/Georgetown manager Zac Crouch. “Seventy-four pitches, five innings, you can’t ask for anything more.”

Cape/Georgetown’s 13-0 state title win sets the boys up in the East Regional tournament in Freehold, New Jersey next week.

Offensively, Cape/Georgetown’s lineup produced 12 hits, including multi-hit games from Jonathan Stokley (three), Josh Reinhold (two), Kye Wells (two) and Nick Cox (two). Jarrell, Timmy Hitchcock and Justin Marsh had one hit each.

“That’s one thing we’ve always done, and it makes it easier for us as coaches, when the boys hit the ball. They hit the ball well tonight,” Crouch said. “All of our subs got in and they got a lot of playing time tonight.”

Catcher Jonathan Stokley went 3-for-3 at the plate, laying down a bloop single to centerfield in the first inning and driving in a pair of runs on an RBI single and RBI double in the fourth inning.

“I was just trying to help the team out with line drives, getting runs in and just do as much as I could to help them,” he said of his approach at the plate.

Jarrell didn’t only produce on the mound, he made some plays in the batter’s box as well, driving in three runs on a sacrifice fly and two bases-loaded hit-by-pitches.

Against Smyrna/Clayton starting pitcher Connor Bartlett, Cape/Georgetown plated three runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the bottom of the second to take the early 6-0 lead.

Cape/Georgetown sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, scoring seven runs on six hits and four walks.

Nick Cox and Jarrell opened the inning with a pair of singles before Stokley’s RBI double scored Cox and put Cape/Georgetown ahead 7-0.

Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and brought another run in. A couple of at-bats later Reinhold and Cox hit a pair of RBI singles to give them the 11-0 advantage.

Jarrell drew a bases-loaded walk to add more cushion to his double-digit lead.

Stokley capped the fourth-inning scoring with his RBI single, handing Jarrell the 13-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning.

“That was nice, as a pitcher, having a bunch of runs,” Jarrell said of the run support.

He finished the job by sitting down the Smyrna/Clayton batters, in order, to seal the five-inning victory.

Cape/Georgetown, representing the state of Delaware, will open regional play Thursday, Aug. 2 in Freehold, New Jersey. First on the schedule, with a 9 a.m. first pitch time, is Connecticut.

“I think the experience is going to be awesome,” Stokley said of playing in the regional tourney. “Playing with these guys, seeing good competition, it’s going to be fun.”

“We play the first game Thursday, so we need to get them in the same mindset and just have fun and play baseball. That’s what it’s all about,” Crouch said.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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